Health Care in Australia

1 April 2013
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Introduction

Australia has a complex healthcare system, comprising both public and private hospitals and medical practitioners and literally dozens of insurance schemes set up to fund them.

The state-run health care scheme is called Medicare. This is an Australia-wide health insurance scheme, mainly funded through income tax. Healthcare under Medicare is available to all permanent residents of Australia, and visitors from countries with a reciprocal agreement.

In addition to Medicare, many Australians choose to take out some form of private health insurance. The levels of cover range from ancillary (eg. for dental and optical treatment) to full hospital cover.

In recent years the Australian Government has made changes to the tax structure in order to encourage people to take out private health insurance.